What’s up with Facebook’s new “Nearby Friends” feature

  • 18/04/2014 at 02:00 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Facebook Nearby FriendsFacebook has announced today a new feature- Nearby Friends that will allow users to turn on a function that shows when people on their list are in the local area.

According to the official announcement, the feature is meant to be a way to find out when friends are in the nearby area, so you can hang out face-to-face. Though the social networking site has gotten a reputation for distancing people in their social interactions, they have always insisted that Facebook is a tool to enhance, not limit, relationships.

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Rumour has it: Amazon Smartphone might feature a 3D user interface

Amazon 3D SmartphoneAmazon has been developing their own smartphone for years, but for the first time we actually get to catch a peek at it, thanks to an exclusive report from BGR.

The massive online market has come a long way since their creation. In the beginning, Amazon was a company all about selling new and used books. Since then they have managed to wriggle their way into most industries, including consumer tech.

With the successful launch of the Kindle Fire, they have already taken a share of the media-focused tablet market, while with the Kindle proper, they have already made themselves stalwarts in the e-reader market, years ago.

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Android had a very different face before the iPhone came around

Android and AppleA new report released in court have shown that Google’s Android phones were meant to have a very different look. Until the iPhone was released in 2007, and it became clear that changes would be needed if they were to compete.

Originally, the Android OS was going to be like many others at the time. The regular Android phone would feature a plastic keyboard for QWERTY use, and no touchscreen compatibility. Though it did state that touchscreens may be a future release.

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NSA allegedly exploited the Heartbleed Bug for at least 2 years

  • 11/04/2014 at 22:22 by It's a Gadget Staff
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NSA Heartbleed BugBloomberg sources report today that NSA security agency knew and exploited the vulnerability known as the “Heartbleed Bug” for at least 2 years. The move was apparently not to spy on citizens. It’s being said that the NSA have used the Heartbleed vulnerability to find passwords regularly on targets, and gather sensitive information.

What makes it such an issue for the majority of users of major websites is the backdoor is kept open. Criminal groups and hackers, identity and financial thieves and the spy agencies of other governments could have easily used the same tactic.

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Google increases security for Android devices

  • 10/04/2014 at 22:21 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google Android SecurityGoogle has announced that they will be increasing their security features for Android run smartphones and tablets. These new measures will include a new app verification service that extends past the initial download, and continues to monitor its source and content.

It was only of days ago that Google had to remove an app from their Google Play store. One of the top security apps being sold, it charge $3.99 for what was essentially a completely useless app. According to developers who discovered the scam, it did literally nothing but change the skin on the security icon to a check mark.

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Dropbox announces Mailbox email app for Android and desktop Mac users

  • 10/04/2014 at 02:56 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Dropbox Mailbox AndroidDropbox announced today that the popular Mailbox email app is now available for Android and Mac desktop users. Another cool thing Dropbox announced is the Auto-swipe feature, currently available only for the Android app.

For those who don’t know, Mailbox is an email app launched nearly 3 years ago that planned to change the way use our usual email client. Their approach was quite simple and many of the iOS users that started using Mailbox, immediately fell in love with the email app. And that’s simply because with just a swipe you could delete or snooze an email for a later check. They were acquired in 2013 by Dropbox for more than $100 million.

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Heartbleed Bug may undo crucial web encryption and leak passwords

  • 09/04/2014 at 03:09 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Heartbleed BugA new alarming vulnerability, entitled Heartbleed, has been found to compromise OpenSSL services. Not only is it able to access servers on sites that use OpenSSL and siphon information on users en masse, but it can potentially create dummy servers to further gain information from users, and decrypt data now and in the future.

It was a shocking revelation. The bug, codenamed Heartbleed, is officially designated CVE-2014-0160 from the joint Codenomicon-Google group that discovered it. They found that is affects both Apache and nginx, which account for a stark majority of websites.

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